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Fort Campbell and Austin Peay’s “Operation Yellow Ribbon” Connects Graduates, Soldiers

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionAustin Peay State UniversityFort Campbell, KY – Graduating is considered a monumental achievement for any high school student, but for teens with parents and family members deployed to Afghanistan, it takes on a special meaning.

Michael Clayton III, whose father, 1st Sgt. Michael Clayton Jr., is currently deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), can attest to that.

Fort Campbell High School Class of 2013 graduate Michael Clayton III is overcome with emotion as he speaks with his father, 1st Sgt. Michael Clayton Jr., via Skype moments after his high school commencement ceremony. Clayton Jr., who is deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, took part in the Division’s “Operation Yellow Ribbon” program. (Photo by Master Sgt. Pete Mayes)

Fort Campbell High School Class of 2013 graduate Michael Clayton III is overcome with emotion as he speaks with his father, 1st Sgt. Michael Clayton Jr., via Skype moments after his high school commencement ceremony. Clayton Jr., who is deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, took part in the Division’s “Operation Yellow Ribbon” program. (Photo by Master Sgt. Pete Mayes)

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Fort Campbell’s Strike Troop Reaches Gold Status, Apache Troops Earns Gold Air Assault Excellence Streamer

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 101st Airborne Division

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – “Troop, attention!” was the loud order given during a rare ceremony not seen by a Screaming Eagle formation on record. Two words were screamed back in unison, “Strike Cav!” as a proud squadron of Strike Soldiers went to the position of attention and watched 101st Airborne Division history unfold before them.

Troop A, also known as Apache Troop, is part of the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and was awarded the Gold Air Assault Excellence Streamer during a ceremony held at Fort Campbell’s Strike Field, April 16th. The streamer signifies the troop is now at or above 90 percent Air Assault qualified.

Command Sgt. Maj. Brandon Haywood, command sergeant major of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (left), and 101st Airborne Division Senior Acting Commander, Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, add the coveted Gold Air Assault Excellence Streamer to the Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) guidon during a special ceremony conducted at Strike Field Tuesday. (Photo by Master Sgt. Pete Mayes, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs Office)

Command Sgt. Maj. Brandon Haywood, command sergeant major of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (left), and 101st Airborne Division Senior Acting Commander, Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, add the coveted Gold Air Assault Excellence Streamer to the Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) guidon during a special ceremony conducted at Strike Field Tuesday. (Photo by Master Sgt. Pete Mayes, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs Office)

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Fort Campbell soldier Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide received Silver Star in Ceremony on Friday

 

Bill Larson, Master Sgt. Pete Mayes, Laura Boyd, and Fred Holly contributed to this piece.

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – It was June 27th 2010 and elements of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division were in Afghanistan participating in Operation Strong Eagle. Among these were 2nd Platoon  HHC of the 2/327th Infantry Regiment.

Their mission was to clear the Ghaki Valley working in conjunction with Explosive Ordinance Disposal Teams (EOD), Route Clearance, Civil Affairs, the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan Border Police (ABP), and the Afghan National Police (ANP).

A info graphic from the Stars and Stripes on Operation Strong Eagle

A info graphic from the Stars and Stripes on Operation Strong Eagle

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A Fort Campbell 101st Sustainment Brigade “Sapper Eagle” Receives Purple Heart

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade

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Fort Campbell, KY – A Sapper Eagle has finally won his hard-fought battle to receive his long awaited Purple Heart award.

Sgt. 1st Class Alondo Brown, first sergeant of the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, received the award for injuries he sustained in Baghdad, Iraq in 2006.  He suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during that deployment.

The paperwork awarding Brown a Purple Heart has been in the works for several years. After several attempts, he finally received his award at a ceremony May 21st, 2012.

1st Class Alondo Brown receives the Purple Heart from 101st Sustainment Brigade Commander, Col. Michael Peterman, at a special ceremony May 21st, 2012. Brown received the award for injuries he sustained in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom, in 2006. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes.)

1st Class Alondo Brown receives the Purple Heart from 101st Sustainment Brigade Commander, Col. Michael Peterman, at a special ceremony May 21st, 2012. Brown received the award for injuries he sustained in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom, in 2006. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes.)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade Lifeliners “Sapper Eagles” demark Brigades, re-patch Combat Patch

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Officer

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Fort Campbell, KY – A storied Army engineer battalion opened a new chapter in its illustrious history Tuesday, marking a transition to a new brigade.

The 326th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, conducted a patch ceremony to mark the transition to the 36th Engineer Brigade. The “Sapper Eagles” are assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), while stationed at Fort Campbell.

John Fallon, a former captain with the 36th Engineer Brigade, gives a “Seahorse” patch to a Soldier from the 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, during a Patch ceremony at Fort Campbell. The “Sapper Eagles” are attached to the Lifeliners while assigned to Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes.)

John Fallon, a former captain with the 36th Engineer Brigade, gives a “Seahorse” patch to a Soldier from the 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, during a Patch ceremony at Fort Campbell. The “Sapper Eagles” are attached to the Lifeliners while assigned to Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes.)

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What’s in store for you

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Soldier with the 10th Sustainment Brigade got a taste of what their deployment to Afghanistan will look like when they assisted the 101st Sustainment Brigade in conducting a last-minute emergency resupply mission.

The Lifeliners received an order to supply Task Force-Currahee with 60 bundles of ammunition late Thursday evening, said Maj. Joe Suddith, 101st Sustainment Brigade Support Operations officer. They immediately tasked the brigade’s rigger detachment to start prepping the bundles, he said.

Sgt. 1st Class Narada Johnson (right), a rigger assigned to the 4/647th Quartermaster Detachment, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, instructs Staff Sgt. James Menard of the 101st Sustainment Brigade Support Operations, on how to properly rig a bundle. The Detachment worked long into the night and early morning hours preparing 60 bundles of ammunition and water for soldiers at Task Force-Currahee. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Sgt. 1st Class Narada Johnson (right), a rigger assigned to the 4/647th Quartermaster Detachment, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, instructs Staff Sgt. James Menard of the 101st Sustainment Brigade Support Operations, on how to properly rig a bundle. The Detachment worked long into the night and early morning hours preparing 60 bundles of ammunition and water for soldiers at Task Force-Currahee. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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Celebrating ‘Lifeliner’ Heritage

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Soon after arriving to the 101st Sustainment Brigade this past year, Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. David Thompson gathered all his senior noncommissioned officers into the conference room and shared with them his philosophy on leadership.

One statement resonated among the NCOs during that meeting: “I surround myself with excellence,” he said. “And I expect the same from you.”

U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Terence Clay, the first sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Thompson, the 101st Sust. Bde. command sergeant major, inspect the brigade colors during a rehearsal for the brigade's birthday ceremony. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Terence Clay, the first sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Thompson, the 101st Sust. Bde. command sergeant major, inspect the brigade colors during a rehearsal for the brigade's birthday ceremony. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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A taste of home

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – A little home cooking went a long way for service members stationed at Bagram Air Field recently as they were treated to the taste of down-home Cajun cuisine and live entertainment.

A team of chefs and entertainers from Houston teamed up for “Operation H.O.T.” (Honoring Our Troops), serving spicy cuisine from the Texas-Louisiana border to feed and entertain the service members stationed at BAF.

Show promoter and creator, Charles Carroll, said the group’s intent was simple: entertain the finest troops in the world with some of the best talent in the world while bringing them a taste of home with a Cajun meal.

Chef Rick Moonen shows off his culinary skills during “Operation H.O.T.” at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. The event, which stands for “Honoring Our Troops," was intended to provide service members with home-cooked Cajun meals and entertainment. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Chef Rick Moonen shows off his culinary skills during “Operation H.O.T.” at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. The event, which stands for “Honoring Our Troops," was intended to provide service members with home-cooked Cajun meals and entertainment. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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The other half of the picture

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Staff Sgt. Blake Adams and Sgt. Dennis Stanley’s background in law enforcement is proving vital to their mission to help combat corruption here in Afghanistan’s trucking industry.

The two are members of the 101st Sustainment Brigade’s Anti-Corruption interview teams which are working with the various Host Nation truckers to learn about the potential hazards they face on the roads in and around Regional Command’s East, North and Capitol.

Sgt. Dennis Stanley and Staff Sgt. Blake Adams, both of the 101st Sustainment Brigade anti-corruption interview team, talks with a local trucker about the conditions on the road. The team was created to focus on corruption issues host nation truckers face on the road. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Sgt. Dennis Stanley and Staff Sgt. Blake Adams, both of the 101st Sustainment Brigade anti-corruption interview team, talks with a local trucker about the conditions on the road. The team was created to focus on corruption issues host nation truckers face on the road. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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Making the transition

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes and Spc. Sarah Keegan
101st Sustainment Brigade

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – One battalion commander marked the beginning of year-his unit’s long deployment to Afghanistan while another finally prepared to bring team home.

Lt. Col. Jose Solis marked the beginning of his command Thursday as the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted their Relief in Place Transfer of Authority ceremony in Afghanistan at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center clamshell.

Lt. Col. Leslie Caballero, commander of the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and her unit are preparing to head home to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, following their year-long deployment to Afghanistan. The battalion was assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, KY. (Army photo by Spc. Jens Vadelund)

Lt. Col. Leslie Caballero, commander of the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and her unit are preparing to head home to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, following their year-long deployment to Afghanistan. The battalion was assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, KY. (Army photo by Spc. Jens Vadelund)

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